Video: Paul portrays Perry as "Al Gore's Texas Cheerleader"

Yell leader, people. Rick Perry was a yell leader — and, supposedly, that actually says something positive about his political skills. Honestly, I’m not sure what people hope to achieve with these banal repetitions that Perry was a cheerleader. The only thing I can think of is that detractors hope to insinuate the man’s effeminate — but, really, who’s going to go for that? In the below ad, the term “cheerleader” is used in a different context, but the connection is what it is.

And, yes, we all know Rick Perry was, once upon a time, a Democrat. But that won’t stop his competitors from touting that fact ’til the cows come home (or, for that matter, from touting his cowboy-ism, too — although, mercifully, this ad doesn’t repeat that meme). The latest ad from the Ron Paul campaign:

But, now, after that utterly biased and unfair introduction, please allow me to say I’m impressed with the ad as an ad (far better than that atrocious Bachmann-PAC ad) — all the right touches, aesthetically speaking, from the introductory images of Reagan to the sudden shift from black-and-white to color to the subtle repetition of “The One,” the theme from an earlier Ron Paul ad. Expect to see it frequently, too: It’s backed by a six-figure ad buy, according to Politico’s Morning Score. Gotta admire the pluck. Ron Paul is not giving up.